We’ve all experienced it. Settling down into bed for the night, only to be jolted awake an hour later to bass vibrating your bedroom walls, shouting, singing, and what sounds like a herd of elephants stomping about next door. Your neighbour’s random get-togethers can be okay as a one-off, but when they start to occur monthly, weekly or even daily – there comes a point where enough is enough.
If you learn anything from the numerous TV shows about nightmare neighbours, it should be that you aren’t alone. Thousands of noise complaints get filed in England every year. But which areas have the noisiest neighbours? The Sefton Meadows team decided to find out.
Interestingly, some of the areas which received the most noise complaints have the highest average house prices.
In fact, areas with an average house price above £500,000 saw a shocking number of noise complaints compared to regions that have lower house prices.
Regions with the most noise complaints
Each year, thousands of noise complaints are recorded across every region in England.
Perhaps unsurprisingly with a population of almost 9 million people, London comes in 1st place for the noisiest area in England – with the South East region coming 2nd.
If you fancy a quieter life, the North East and East Midlands are the places to be.
These areas are the quietest
Who has the noisiest neighbours?
If you live in any of the following areas, congratulations, you officially have the noisiest neighbours in England. Unless you’re the noisy neighbour!
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 4.5 | Estimated Total Complaints: 21,600
East of England
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 4.8 | Estimated Total Complaints: 29,928
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 17 | Estimated Total Complaints: 152,694
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 5.2 | Estimated Total Complaints: 13,816
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 4 | Estimated Total Complaints: 29,200
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 5 | Estimated Total Complaints: 45,875
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 4.4 | Estimated Total Complaints: 24,710
Complaints Per 1,000 of Population: 5.1 | Estimated Total Complaints: 30,263
Noise complaint data sourced from Public Health England – Public Health Outcomes Framework for 2018/2019. Data was provided for every 1000 of the population in each region. In the regional charts, this was multiplied to match the estimated population of each region at the date of creation.
Population of region*/1000 x noise complaint per 1000 = estimated noise complaints
* Population of region rounded to nearest 1000
Ryan Jenkins is a professional gardener and has been working in the gardening industry for over 25 years. This has allowed Ryan to accumulate a vast wealth of gardening knowledge which he shares on the Sefton Meadows blog.